Eduardo Andrés Acarón-Padilla
Originally from the coastal town of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, Eduardo is a dual PhD student in the departments of Comparative Literature and Central Eurasian Studies. His most recent project addresses these intersections in a comparative study of Christopher Marlowe’s and 'Abd-Allāh Hātifī’s depictions of the Central Asian emperor, Timūr, also known as Tamerlane. In April, Eduardo was one of six IU students invited to present at the Islamic Studies Program’s conference “Mapping the Landscapes of Islamic Studies at IU.” Eduardo’s paper, titled “'Abd-Allāh Hātifī’s and Christopher Marlowe’s Books of Timūr: Towards a Theory of Rhetoric” attempts to bridge the gaps between two poetic (and visual) portrayals of the life of Timūr. The paper argues that these portrayals allow us an opportunity to study the theoretical underpinnings of rhetorical practice in Early-Modern Persian and English literatures. Eduardo received the 2021-2022 Renaissance Studies Fellowship and was also recently awarded a Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship from the Islamic Studies Program to study second-year Arabic at Indiana University’s 2022 Summer Language Workshop. He hopes to learn Arabic to do research on Arabic-language philosophical, theoretical, and historical texts from the tenth to the twelfth centuries. Eduardo wants to learn more about the reception and importance of these Arabic texts in fourteenth to seventeenth century Persian literary and intellectual history.